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India's first transgender music album

in INDIA, 06/09/2013

In an attempt to give transwomen and transgender people a chance to showcase their talent, now the Transgenders society plan to bring out India's first audio album. The project is supported by PlanetRomeo Foundation in Netherlands and is jointly executed by Abhivyakti Foundation, and Jeevan Trust. The album is titled Carvan which will include songs sung by transgender women.

The brain child behind the project, Anubhav Gupta, director, Jeevan Trust informs us, "The idea was conceived to break the stereotypical portrayal of transgenders in the mainstream. The album contains 13 songs in 9 different languages. It is a rich collection of folk, traditional, devotional and pop music. The album has self composed poetry as well. This is an attempt to give transwomen and transgender people a chance to showcase their talent, their creativity and express themselves in front of the world. The main idea is to promote music irrespective of gender. Music itself has no gender."

Further talking about the participants in the music album, Anubhav narrates, "There are 9 participants from 9 different states of India have recorded 13 songs in the album. The album includes folk songs, self composed poetry, rabindra sangeet among others. All the participants hail from diverse socio cultural backgrounds having fought the societal stereotypes they have now established themselves in business and/or professional fields. Many of them are activists having travelled widely all over the world to promote the rights of transgenders. The singers include Akkai Padmashaili from Karnatka, Amitava Sarkar from West Bengal, Ankur Patil from Gujrat, Kalki Subramaniam from Auroville, Kanta leisinghatham from Manipur, N.Madhurima from Andhra Pradesh, Kalyani from Mumbai and Hansa from Rajasthan."

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